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Where guns used to kill police officers come from

A Post investigation shows how a decade's worth of guns got into the hands of police officers' killers and - in a nation with more than 250 million guns in circulation - how a moment of panic can have deadly consequences.

By Jennifer Jenkins | November 23, 2010; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Hidden Life of Guns

The Hidden Life of Guns is a year-long investigation by four Washington Post reporters documenting the way guns move through American society, from sales at retail dealers to crimes on city streets.

By Jennifer Jenkins | October 23, 2010; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Two Worlds: Government Contractors, Alaska Natives

Washington Post reporter Robert O'Harrow investigated Alaska native corporations' success in the wake of the federal contracting boom after Sept. 11, 2001.

By Jennifer Jenkins | September 30, 2010; 04:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lawmakers' investments and oversight roles overlap

In both houses of Congress, a host of other committee chairmen and ranking members have reported that they have millions invested in business sectors that their panels oversee, according to a Post analysis of financial disclosure records through 2008, committee assignments and lawmaker investments by industry.

By Jennifer Jenkins | June 14, 2010; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Guantanamo Bay renovations cost at least $500 million

The Pentagon has spent at least $500 million on Guantanamo Bay renovations since September 11.

By Jennifer Jenkins | June 7, 2010; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Finding Chandra authors appear on Good Morning America

Sari Horwitz and Scott Higham appeared on Good Morning America Monday, May 10, to discuss "Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery," their expansion on The Washington Post's original 13-part examination of Chandra Levy's murder.

By Jennifer Jenkins | May 10, 2010; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Potential GM Conflicts Abound; Cox Policies Undercut SEC; Visclosky Subpoenaed in PMA Probe

Potential Conflicts in Government Role » The administration put out a set of overarching principles Sunday meant to guide its interactions with GM and other companies in which the U.S. has an equity stake.Chief a among potential conflicts is the environmental arena, in which the federal government will be GM's largest shareholder and the chief regulator of vehicle fuel-efficiency standards. — Wall Street Journal ($)

By Sarah Fitzpatrick | June 1, 2009; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Day in Court for Levy's Accused Killer

Almost exactly nine years after Chandra Levy was slain in D.C.'s Rock Creek Park, a District judge today ruled that there was probable cause for the arrest of a 27-year-old man for first-degree murder.

By The Editors | April 23, 2009; 02:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Online Poker Settlement Could Shake Industry

In a development that could signal a shift in the murky and unregulated world of online gambling, the parent company of one of the most popular Internet poker sites said today it has agreed to pay the U.S. government $105 million to settle charges that it illegally offered gambling to players in the United States.

By The Editors | April 7, 2009; 01:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Forced Out' Exposed the Dark Side of D.C.'s Condo Boom. Have Property Owners Cleaned Up Their Act?

Post Investigations is proud to note that Debbie Cenziper and Sarah Cohen have been awarded the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for their investigation of D.C. condominium conversions.

By Amanda Zamora | March 19, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Another Hill Staffer Caught In Abramoff Scandal: 'What? No Hot Dogs?'

a former legislative aide to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has been accused of accepting more than $25,000 worth of meals and event tickets from Team Abramoff in exchange for helping his clients.

By The Editors | February 20, 2009; 07:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

Former Gregg Staffer May Be Linked to Abramoff Probe

A former top staff member to Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), who is President Obama's choice to be commerce secretary, has come under the scrutiny of federal prosecutors investigating the Jack Abramoff gifts-for-favors scandal, according to public records and sources.

By The Editors | February 4, 2009; 02:22 PM ET | Comments (4)

Court Revives Lawsuits Against Pfizer by Nigerian Families

Updated at 4:57 p.m. Jan. 30 By Joe Stephens Washington Post staff writer A federal appeals court on Friday revived two lawsuits brought against Pfizer by Nigerian families who claim the giant drugmaker used their children in an illegal test of an experimental antibiotic. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of...

By The Editors | January 30, 2009; 05:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coming Sunday: The Poker Cheats

In the past decade, online poker has grown into a lucrative industry, with millions of players placing billions of dollars worth of bets every year. The money flows to Web sites with often-murky ownership, based outside the United States in places without gambling laws. On Sunday, The Washington Post will...

By The Editors | November 28, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

FBI Found Mailer's Literary Style 'Obscene and Bitter'

The FBI did a secret book review of Norman Mailer's Miami and the Siege of Chicago and gave it a scathing assessment.

By The Editors | November 18, 2008; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Exclusive: Mailer's FBI File--J. Edgar, Jackie & Marilyn

A mention in a Washington Post column of a Norman Mailer magazine article mocking First Lady Jackie Kennedy led FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to send FBI agents bird-dogging after the author for 15 years.

By The Editors | November 10, 2008; 02:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Permit for McCain Cell Tower Still Active

Verizon's permit for a permant cell tower site on the Cindy McCain ranch is still active though the company said it had no plans to build it.

By The Editors | October 16, 2008; 05:28 PM ET | Comments (49)

Exclusive: Verizon and AT&T Provided Cell Towers for McCain Ranch

Verizon Wireless and AT&T provided portable cell towers free of charge for Cindy and John McCain's ranch in Arizona.

By The Editors | October 15, 2008; 08:13 PM ET | Comments (257)

After McCain Plug, D.C. Group Returns Favor

In the first two presidential debates, Sen. John McCain has made a point of giving praise to a Washington nonprofit that releases an annual list of the government earmark spending -- the Citizens Against Government Waste.

By Derek Kravitz | October 14, 2008; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

Abramoff Scandal Figure Indicted Again

A new indictment by a federal grand jury charges former White House aide David H. Safavian with one count of obstructing justice and four counts of making false statements to investigators and the U.S. Senate.

By The Editors | October 9, 2008; 06:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Alaska Paper: Native Program Being 'Abused'

A program allowing Native Alaskan companies to score no-bid contracts from the federal government is being abused, the editorial board of the Anchorage Daily News wrote, days after The Post's Robert O'Harrow found that the Food and Drug Administration was using the policy to award a contract to a Washington firm.

By Derek Kravitz | October 9, 2008; 06:28 PM ET | Comments (3)

Bridge to Somewhere: FDA Uses Alaska Corp. in Questioned Contract

The FDA used an Alaska Native Corporation in a plan to funnel a contract to a Washington public relations firm, avoiding standard competition requirements.

By The Editors | October 2, 2008; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Medicare to Slash Payments for Medical Errors

Starting today, Medicare will slash hospital payments for medical mistakes resulting in patient harm and higher costs to the sprawling federal health plan for the elderly and disabled.

By The Editors | October 1, 2008; 07:07 AM ET | Comments (11)

Palin and Gifts: The Mining Connection

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has received about $25,000 in gifts from mining industry executives, visiting dignitaries, municipalities and a nonprofit cultural center. About a quarter of the gift givers had something in common -- Wendy Chamberlain, one of the state's most influential mining lobbyists.

By The Editors | September 26, 2008; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (29)

Interior: Losses 'Probable' at Oil Office

Interior Department officials acknowledged today during congressional testimony that it is "probable" financial losses would have been found after further investigation of a drug, sex and conflict-of-interest scandal involving employees at a Denver-based oil royalty office. Still, the officials said the beleaguered royalty program had turned a corner and needed to be continued.

By Derek Kravitz | September 18, 2008; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (11)

Cheney Misled GOP Leaders, New Book Says

A GOP congressional leader who was wavering on giving President Bush authority to wage war in late 2002 said Vice President Cheney misled him by saying that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had direct personal ties to al-Qaeda terrorists and was making rapid progress toward a suitcase nuclear weapon. That's one...

By The Editors | September 16, 2008; 08:02 AM ET | Comments (54)

Second Official Pleads Guilty In Oil Office Scandal

A second official from the U.S. Interior Department program that collects oil and gas royalties from private companies drilling on federal land has pleaded guilty to a felony for his part in helping design and award contracts that benefited him after his retirement.

By The Editors | September 15, 2008; 10:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ex-White House Aide: 'Surge' Wasn't Just About More Troops

Meghan O'Sullivan, the former national security adviser to the Bush administration and a chief architect of the president's surge strategy for the Iraq War, said the United States should use its influence "to encourage, cajole, urge Iraqis to move in the direction of reconciliation," in an online chat today with Post readers.

By Derek Kravitz | September 15, 2008; 03:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Preventive Journalism' Prize Finalists, Online Journalism Winners Announced

Understanding Government, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, announced last week its 10 finalists for the new $50,000 Prize for Preventive Journalism and the Online News Association announced its annual winners for the best web journalism.

By Derek Kravitz | September 15, 2008; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sneak Preview: New Book of Cheney Revelations

Beginning this Sunday, The Post will publish a two-part excerpt from Barton Gellman's new book "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency."

By The Editors | September 12, 2008; 06:04 PM ET | Comments (3)

Days Before Scandal, Interior Got Ethics Award

A day before the Department of Interior's inspector general finalized reports that laid bare what it called "a disturbing chapter" in the history of a federal oil royalty collection office, where employees allegedly were plied with alcohol and expensive gifts from industry representatives, the department won an annual award from the federal Office of Government Ethics.

By Derek Kravitz | September 12, 2008; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (96)

Oil-and-Sex Scandal Spawns Criticism, Hill Hearing

A steady stream of lawmakers and watchdog groups are calling for hearings and further action related to an ethics scandal involving the Department of Interior's Denver royalty office.

By Derek Kravitz | September 11, 2008; 03:31 PM ET | Comments (28)

Report: U.S. Oil Program Rife with Conflicts, Favoritism, 'Promiscuity'

Government officials in charge of a program that collects royalties from firms drilling on federal land attended raucous parties with oil and gas executives, accepted lavish gifts including ski trips, sports tickets and golf outings and steered contracts to favored companies, according to a two-year Interior Department investigation released today.

By The Editors | September 10, 2008; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (142)

Woodward Book: Bush Reflects on War, Legacy

The fourth installment of Woodward's excerpted series from his new book, "The War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006-2008," examines the lasting legacy of the Iraq War on Bush's presidency and the reflections of a leader described by the author as having "become the most divisive figure in the country."

By Derek Kravitz | September 10, 2008; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Woodward: Secret Influence of a Retired General

A retired Army general, Jack Keane, became an informal military adviser to the White House and so powerful that in September he hand-delivered a note from President Bush to Gen. David H. Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq, offering the commander-in-chief's unflinching support in him and the new counterinsurgency strategy.

By Derek Kravitz | September 9, 2008; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Palin Per Diem, Travel Expenses Scrutinized

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin used a government "per diem" allowance to charge the state for more than 300 nights spent at home (graphic) and spent another $43,490 on travel for her children and husband, The Post's James V. Grimaldi and Karl Vick report today.

By Derek Kravitz | September 9, 2008; 09:08 AM ET | Comments (117)

Woodward Book: Doubts About Iraq Strategy

The divisions over strategy are described in journalist Bob Woodward's most recent book on the Bush White House, excerpted in The Post Sept. 7 - Sept. 10.

By The Editors | September 8, 2008; 01:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Troopergate' Trooper Regrets Bad Blood

The state trooper at the center of Gov. Sarah Palin's "Troopergate" scandal denies that he ever threatened to kill Palin's father and expresses regret that his case has exploded into the national media

By The Editors | September 6, 2008; 08:02 PM ET | Comments (13)

Palin Investigation To Be Released Next Month

The Alaska legislative committee investigating Gov. Sarah Palin said today it would issue its report Oct. 10, moving up release of its findings.

By The Editors | September 5, 2008; 04:20 PM ET | Comments (11)

New Woodward Book: 'The War Within'

In his fourth book examining the Bush White House, Post journalist Bob Woodward reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and others in his government have been the subject of extensive U.S. spying operations, and that new techniques allowing the United States to find and kill insurgent leaders, not primarily the surge in troops, led to the drop in violence in Iraq.

By The Editors | September 5, 2008; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (29)

Exclusive: Palin 'Experienced a Lot Frustration' With Family Feud

Excerpts of e-mails written by GOP vice-presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to a former state police commissioner show Palin "experienced a lot of frustration" over the continued employment of her former brother-in-law, an Alaskan state trooper embroiled in an ongoing family feud.

By Derek Kravitz | September 4, 2008; 05:15 PM ET | Comments (13)

Gonzales 'Couldn't Remember' Combo for His Safe

Former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales failed to keep classified documents in a secure location in his Alexandria home, claiming that he simply "couldn't remember the combination" on an in-home safe three years ago.

By Derek Kravitz | September 3, 2008; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (10)

More on Michelle Obama's Hospital Work

The Obama campaign continues to take issue with statements by Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking minority member of the Senate Finance Committee about the University of Chicago Medical Center, where Michelle Obama works.

By The Editors | September 3, 2008; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Housing Bubble, Still Burst

With the summer drawing to an end, we figure it's time to update the three-part series we published in June on how the housing bubble grew and popped. The Post's Zachary Goldfarb offers a follow up on the aftermath over the credit crisis.

By The Editors | September 3, 2008; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (11)

Sen. Grassley Seeks Records from Michelle Obama's Employer

The ranking minority member on the Senate Finance Committee is seeking information from the non-profit University of Chicago Medical Center about jobs held by Sen. Barack Obama's wife and one of his best friends, The Post's Joe Stephens reports.

By The Editors | September 2, 2008; 06:20 PM ET | Comments (6)

The Lobbyists Behind Tax Breaks

Sen. Charles Grassley, a ranking member of the Senate's Finance Committee and a Republican from Iowa, is demanding more transparency in the process that would make public the names of lobbyists and firms that advocate tariff suspensions, Inside U.S. Trade reports. The push for more transparency follows a September 2006...

By Derek Kravitz | May 20, 2008; 01:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Detainees Drugged and Deported

"Pre-flight cocktails" of dangerous psychotropic drugs were forcefully given to foreign detainees by federal employees during trips back to home countries, The Post's Amy Goldstein and Dana Priest report today in the last installment of the four-part series into medical treatment provided to immigrants by the federal government. The drugging...

By Derek Kravitz | May 14, 2008; 03:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Suicides In Detention

During the past five years, 15 immigrant detainees have committed suicide under medical care and treatment provided by the federal government, making it the most common cause of death, The Post reports in the third installment of its four-part "Careless Detention" series. The Post's Amy Goldstein and Dana Priest examine...

By The Editors | May 13, 2008; 02:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Poor Care for Foreign Detainees

In a four-part series, the Post is examining failures in the federal government's medical treatment of foreign detainees, housed in compounds, private prisons and local jails across the country. Among the problems are missing and incomplete medical records, lack of access to physicians and hospitals and serious lapses in care...

By The Editors | May 12, 2008; 05:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Charities Shortchange Veterans

The American Institute of Philanthropy rated 29 veterans charities, and failed a dozen for spending too little money on the wounded troops. One group shared just 1 cent for every dollar it raised. The Post's Philip Rucker reported on that study, but went farther by examining tax filings from the...

By The Editors | December 13, 2007; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (2)

The Missing CIA Tapes

Did the CIA eliminate evidence of waterboarding? That question is behind the uproar over the revelation that the CIA destroyed videotapes of its harsh interrogations of two captured al-Qaeda leaders. Today's report refocuses attention on what happened in the agency's secret prisons in recent years. The Post's Dana Priest...

By The Editors | December 7, 2007; 02:47 PM ET | Comments (43)

Doctors Don't Always Tell

Physicians generally agree that they should report impaired or incompetent colleagues, but 45 percent said they didn't always do so, The Post's Christopher Lee reports. Serious weaknesses in the nation's system of disciplining doctors was the subject of a 2005 investigation by reporter Cheryl W. Thompson. The three-part series described...

By The Editors | December 4, 2007; 03:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Poor Oversight of Thrill Rides

The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has not required any ride manufacturers to make safety improvements in the past eight years, despite several deaths and dozens of injuries, The Post's Elizabeth Williamson reports. This summer, four young people died at amusement parks, according to news accounts. Critics say the...

By The Editors | December 4, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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